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Question: Not too long ago, I read an article about the intergenerational workforce. I immediately connected that with what I see I going in our company. As a baby boomer who will retire by 2010, I look around and see more and more people who look like they could be my kids. Funny thing is, it seems like yesterday I was starting my career and reporting to the “older guy.” Now, I am the older guy. Time flies, I guess. Anyway, I’d appreciate your thoughts on what we can do to do a better job of bringing the different age groups together.

Answer: How much space do I have? How much time do you have? Your question is at the heart of one of our country’s most significant workplace trends - the “passing of the torch” from the baby boomers (people born from 1946-1964) to Generation X (i.e., people born
between 1965-1981) and Generation Y, (i.e., people born after 1981 - also known as the Millennial Generation). The fact that this large age cohort is nearing retirement age is driving many HR initiatives today - succession planning, harnessing human capital and assessing talent come to mind quickly.

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Daniel A. Schroeder, Ph.D. is president of Brookfield based Organization Development Consultants Inc. (www.OD-Consultants.com) He can be reached at 262-827-1901 or Dan.Schroeder@OD-Consultants.com.. Read More »

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